Officially opened in April 2015, the Newcastle Memorial Walk is a picturesque 450m long bridge and boardwalk, dedicated to the memory of fallen soldiers from World War I.
Several viewing platforms along the way give visitors great views of Newcastle, its long stretched beaches and the South Pacific Ocean.
Newcastle Memorial Walk
The Newcastle Memorial Walk was built to commemorate not only the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC’s landing at Gallipoli, but also the commencement of the steel industry in Newcastle.
The Newcastle Council and BHP Billiton shared much of the total cost of this beautiful addition to Newcastle’s coastline.
BHP Billiton established their first steel-making facilities in Newcastle in 1915, the same year our allied forces arrived in Gallipoli. This is the reason why 64 tonnes of solid steel were used to build the 160m long bridge.
Because of its vulnerable location right next to the ocean in a strong wind area, it was important to use durable materials to construct the bridge.
The boardwalk on top of the bridge is decorated with steel silhouettes of soldiers. They are engraved with thousands of family names of men and women from Newcastle and the Hunter Valley who served in the Great War.
You will also find interesting panels with more information about the war and listings of locations where other battles took place.
The 450m long Memorial Walk consists of two main sections. The first section starts at the famous Strzelecki lookout and takes you over the bridge to the next major viewing platform.
The second part of the walk is a stairway that connects the Memorial Walk to the Bathers Way and Memorial Drive.
If you’re visiting from outside Newcastle, it’s a good idea to explore the Bathers Way as it rivals the Bondi to Coogee walk in Sydney.
The Newcastle Memorial Walk also offers visitors the most amazing 360 degree views across the city, the beaches and the ocean. The walkway is lit after dark which allows it to be opened 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Pram and disabled access extends to the Trip Point lookout towards the end of the boardwalk. From there the Memorial Walk links back to Memorial Drive via 138 stairs.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the walkway. They will need to use the footpath below on Memorial Drive.
Watch this video to get a good impression of how the Newcastle Memorial Walk was constructed:
How to Get There
Very limited parking is available at the Strzelecki Lookout where the Newcastle Memorial Walk officially starts.
There is street parking available on Memorial Drive, or alternatively you can try to find a parking spot in the King Edward Park and Bar Beach car parks.
Bus route 201 connects to the Memorial Walk from Newcastle CBD, The Junction and Hamilton Station. The bus stop is located on High Street, only a few moments away from the start of the walkway.
The car park at the start of the walk is very small so it’s best to aim for nearby street parking on Memorial Drive or further away on busy days.
The official address of the Newcastle Memorial Walk is:
24 Memorial Dr, The Hill NSW 2300.